Pastor Bob believes in the need for a deep spiritual life based on a loving relationship with God in Jesus Christ. He has a heart for worship as he leads the contemporary singing at the beginning of the worship service.
His preaching mixes stories, metaphors and Biblical content in ways people can relate to them. His love for the Lord leads him in his ministry.
Pastor Bob is an evangelical with a heart for the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He plays guitar and leads the praise band. He cares deeply for everyone in our congregation.
Jesus, the Visible Face of God
One day a few years ago before the church service began, we ran pictures of members and friends on the video display. One of our members, Harvey M., noticed something for the first time: a picture of Harvey that struck him in a new way. He asked one of the other members that knew him well who he looked like. Harvey had not spotted it before but realized he looked a lot like his grandfather.
Isn't that the way it is? We often look like our fathers or mothers or grandparents.
Our passage today describes Jesus as "the visible image of God." Just as Harvey looked like his grandfather, Jesus is the face of God, His Father, that we can see. If you want to know God better, you can know Him better by getting to know Jesus better. You can do that by reading the Gospels and by fellowship with Him in prayer.
Paul wants the Colossians, and us, to know that Jesus is the face of God that we can see. So, he tells us about all God has done through Jesus--how Jesus' God nature is shown in who He is and what He has done.
Paul tells us that: God created everything through Jesus. Jesus existed before everything. Jesus was born and suffered and died and rose again. Jesus had the full nature of God. All of this was by God's own decision and purpose.
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